CDC Motorbike Practical Lesson 3: Slope
CDC Motorbike Practical Lesson 3 will be on Slope, S Course (also known as Figure of 8) and Crank Course. For the best result, do read this post before you attempt CDC Practical Lesson 3 so that you can be prepared for the lesson. This will increase your chance of passing this lesson as compared to attending CDC Practical Lesson 3 unprepared.
The first course will be the Slope whereby you have to move off from stationary position on the slope without rolling back or stalling engine. There is no time requirement for slope course but do not take your own sweet time to complete the course. The slope consists of two sides which can be occupied. 4 riders can occupy the slope at the same time. Two riders will be before the line on the slope while the other two riders will be at the foot of the slope waiting. Before going to the slope, your right signal is on as you will be turning right to the slope.
While you are turning right to the slope, you have to decide which side of the slope to head to. While turning, you have to decide which side of the slope to head to and then signal toward the side of the slope you are heading. Always occupy the left side first if possible.
For example, If you are going to left side of the slope, then you will have to signal left when you are nearing the slope and must be in gear two when moving up the slope before the line. If you are going to right side of the slope, then you will have to signal right when you are nearing the slope and must be in gear two when moving up the slope before the line.
If you are waiting at the foot of the slope, then you should move up the slope using gear one. Remember if you are on the right side of the slope foot, you have to check back left instead of check back right.
Throttle slightly harder before you hit the slope so that you have enough momentum to head up to the slope. I suggest clutching in while kicking your gear down to gear one so that you will free wheel up the slope. The bike will slow down by itself as it head up the slope. To stop completely, press both front and rear brake. You should be able to stop smoothly this way without stalling the engine. Use both front and rear brake to stop the bike. After stopping, signal away from the kerb. Next, you have to release your front brake while holding onto your rear brake. Then you need to get the biking point of the bike by turning on the throttle. There are a few ways to gauge the biking point.
You can gauge by hearing the sound. When the bike is near biting point, then throttle sound will decrease as you slowly release the clutch. Or if you sense that the bike is moving forward while releasing clutch, then the bike is at biking point. However, I determine the biting point by looking at the tachometer. When the rpm starts to drop as you slowly release your clutch, then the biting point is reached. Hold the clutch at that point. The engine will stall if you continue to release more of the clutch.
After achieving biting point, do not release the rear brake suddenly. Release the rear brake slowly while turning on the throttle. If you sense that the bike is rolling back as there is not enough throttle is being applied, you can re-apply the rear brake again to prevent rolling back. If you do it correctly, the bike will not roll back when you have fully released the rear brake. To move off, you have to release more clutch and turn on the throttle at the same time. The motorbike will start to move off from the slope and i suggest that you lift your left foot slowly up instead of immediately when your bike start to move to prevent any wobbling or instability. If you lift up your leg too fast, then the bike may become unstable and the bike will move either to the right or left as you try to balance the bike by leaning left or right.
After your left leg is up, fully release the clutch when you are at the top of the slope and then signal left. As you are moving down the slope, depress both rear and front brake while keeping your left hand away from the clutch lever. Clutch in fully when you are near the stop line while applying both rear and front brake.
Remember not to inch out. Check back right and blindspot left regardless whether you are on the left or right side of the slope before turning left.
CDC Motorbike Practical Lesson 3: S Course
The S course (also known as figure of 8 course) has be clear within 11 seconds. Start off the figure of 8 by checking back right and then blindspot left. Your left signal should also be on. Accelerate hard and try to kick up to gear 2 before you cross the line. One common problem faced is that the gear went to neutral instead of gear two. One of the reason is because the gear is kicked up before the clutch lever is fully depressed due to being in a hurry to kick up to gear two. So, if you are having problem of kicking to neutral, remember to remind yourself to depress the clutch fully before kicking up. Please do note that it is also fine if you kick up to gear two after crossing the line.
After crossing the line, cancel your left signal. For beginner, I suggest maintain constant throttle while using rear brake to control the speed. By maintaining constant throttle, the ride will be smooth. Otherwise, the bike will be rocking front and back when the throttle is turned on and off due to engine braking. If the speed is too fast and you feel that you are losing control of the bike, tap your rear brake to slow down the speed.
However, when you have better control over the motorbike, then you can start to throttle on to speed up and throttle off to slow down by using engine brake. Using this method, you will not need to use your rear brake and the timing will be faster.
To achieve the required timing of 11 seconds, you have to bank left when turning left and bank right when turning right. The key is not be afraid of falling. When turning, you need to look ahead or where you are turning so that you can have a wider field of vision. If you look at the kerb, then most likely you will end up going to the kerb. Before exiting the figure of 8, you will need to signal left and be prepared for going to the crank course.
CDC Motorbike Practical Lesson 3: Crank Course
This should be the easiest courses among the 6 courses. You should be able to clear the course under 6 second. Start by check back right and then blindspot left. Next, accelerate hard and then kick up to gear 2 before you reach the line. One common problem faced is that the gear went to neutral instead of gear two. One of the reason is because the gear is kicked up before the clutch lever is fully depressed due to being in a hurry to kick up to gear two. So, if you are having problem of kicking to neutral, remember to remind yourself to depress the clutch fully before kicking up. Another point to take note is to look at the direction where you are going. Please do not look at the kerb as you will go toward the kerb if you do that.
Once you are in gear two, you can just ride thru crank course without any throttling. I would recommend turning the handle bar to turn left and right rather than banking left or right. Just before you exit from the crank course, please check your far right side to see if there is any bike or car turning left to enter the figure of 8. If there is any left turning car or bike, you have to stop after the line to give way to them. You also have to check if there is any right turning car exiting the car crank course directly opposite of the bike crank course. Then check back right and blindspot left before you move off after giving way.
If there is a queue for the figure of 8 that extend beyond the yellow box, then you will have to signal right once your front wheel touches the yellow box. Then you have to check your right mirror before checking your right blindspot. After that signal left, check left mirror and then left blindspot before changing to your left lane.
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